They say the best things in life are free and while I don't always believe that saying, I'm not one to complain about free stuff, especially when it comes to makeup. I'm prone to getting sucked into rewards points and all of those promotions that retailers offer and while I know the Sephora Beauty Insider point system is a bit of a rip-off, they have some great gifts sometimes. I always save up my points and trade them in for the high end makeup samples that I probably wouldn't use up the full size of anyway. Two of these lippies were Sephora 100-point perks and the Make Up For Ever one was last year's birthday gift.
Besides being incredibly cute, mini lipsticks are a fantastic way of trying out a formula and color that you might not usually go for. This is especially important when it comes to the pricier brands since I would never use a tester on my lips. The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the newest release out of the three. This was my first time trying a Marc Jacobs makeup product and I love that the mini looks like the full size tube. The color in the photo looks more warm than the lipstick appears in real life. It's actually more of a midtone mauve plum. I read a lot of good reviews about the Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks and Rose Dressing is a gorgeous vibrant, creamy pink. Most of you probably have MUFE's Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9 as it was the Beauty Insider birthday gift last year. It's a brown color that looks pretty intimidating in the bullet.
Above are skin swatches to give you an idea of the color payoff and finish of the three lipsticks. I believe Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Rose Dressing were both one swipe where as N9 needed two or three passes. The Marc Jacobs lipstick has a semi matte finish and goes on extremely pigmented. The color is deeper than what I normally would go for so I haven't reached for it much. The Givenchy lipstick is also very pigmented but the finish is more creamy and lends a bit of shine. On me, the lipstick looked very bright and a bit garish. The formula was very moisturizing and seemed to sink into my lip lines a bit. Surprisingly, the MUFE lipstick is the most wearable as it's less opaque in one swipe and has a more balmy texture. The color deepens my lip color and it's an interesting look I've never tried. My boyfriend thinks I look like a librarian when I where it though so it definitely ages me.
None of these lipsticks were total standouts or must haves for me but I'm glad I got to try them without having to pay upwards of $30 for one. I highly recommend saving up those Sephora points and waiting for things you wouldn't necessarily buy so you can venture out of your comfort zone without fear of wasting money.